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Sports Malcolm Jenkins wants more from NFL: 'Tokenism really doesn’t mean that much'

02:15  16 october  2020
02:15  16 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Malcolm Jenkins , a safety for the Saints who spent much of his career with the Eagles and co-founded the Players Coalition, explains why he's protesting police brutality. Malcolm Jenkins holds a strong voice among NFL players who want to change the world well beyond the confines of a stadium.

As Malcolm Jenkins rounds the home stretch of his stellar playing career, the resume for the 32-year-old New Orleans Saints strong safety continues to grow.

It already includes two Super Bowl victories, three Pro Bowl selections, nearly 900 tackles and seven pick-sixes, including one thrown by fellow social justice champion, Colin Kaepernick.

His on-field accomplishments are rock solid, but football fans oftentimes fail to remember some of the game’s most skilled players once they call it quits.

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PFT Most Commented. Should NFL abandon the mask rule for coaches? Jenkins noted that increases interactions with people outside of teams and creates other considerations for those Malcolm Jenkins obviously doesn ’ t need the money so he can afford to sit out and not get paid.

Jenkins said Monday on The Daily Show that he hopes more Americans, black and white alike, will sit The main problem with Kaepernick’s protest is that most people simply accept that his claims are true when But Malcolm Jenkins doesn ’ t want a real discussion nor a real evaluation of actual facts.

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However, it’s not likely Jenkins will meet that same fate.

That’s because he’s also established himself as one of the league’s most active and ardent fighters for social justice. It’s a calling which he sees continuing long after his playing days are over.

He co-founded the Players Coalition, which aims to make an impact on social justice and racial equality through education and allocation of resources. He’s also marched to protest the police killing of George Floyd, and has been embroiled in some high-profile conflicts with a pair of colleagues: fellow safety Eric Reid, who called Jenkins a “sellout” in 2018, and Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who initially called it “disrespectful” for players to kneel during the national anthem.

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“Those things have taught me (that) when you have dialogue, you have disagreements; you have people talking – it’s a good thing,” Jenkins told USA TODAY Sports.

“It means the way people are thinking is being challenged. There is a ton of different ideas out there and the more we can have dialogue about solutions and less about if the problems actually even exist, I think the better off we are.”

One of Jenkins' latest off-the-field projects has been working as executive producer on the documentary "Black Boys." Jenkins said the film is intended to instill into Black children the ability to “see themselves outside of just being an athlete or an entertainer.”

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Those are more than words to them. Boldin’s cousin was shot to death by a plainclothes police officer after his Chris Long, Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod stand in solidarity before the Eagles-Dolphins game. So whether you think it is a protest or a demonstration, really , it doesn ’ t matter.

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a person lying on top of a grass covered field: Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins has a new off-the-field project as executive producer on the documentary © Rick Osentoski, AP Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins has a new off-the-field project as executive producer on the documentary "Black Boys."

Instead, he wants to present other avenues to allow these kids, who Jenkins feels have their “humanity under attack” as early as grade school, to explore what they can do with their minds and creativity – two aspects Jenkins said are: “often left out of their narrative.”

Since being praised (and scorned) for raising his fist during the national anthem on Sept. 19, 2016, Jenkins has fought to bring awareness to racial inequality and social injustice.

And the efforts of Jenkins and others has been paying off in recent months.

Some examples include Roger Goodell apologizing for “not listening to NFL players earlier” and the NFL displaying social justice statements in end zones, helmets and team caps. But Jenkins says there has to be more than words.

“At this point, the tokenism really doesn’t mean that much,” said Jenkins.

Instead, he sees real change coming when team owners leverage their considerable political clout.

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Malcolm Jenkins , the new face of NFL player protests, says ‘We’re really just at the beginning’. “Me personally, I really want to get this conversation to move away from the anthem,” Malcolm Jenkins says. “I think it has served its purpose.” (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images).

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“I want to see them really use that political power and political will that they have, for the policy changes that we actually need,” said Jenkins.

The upcoming election will play a major role in whether those policy changes come to fruition.

He preaches the importance of voting and praises the NFL’s initiative designed to motivate people to register and vote.

“I have been very encouraged to see teams commit their stadiums to be polling places, to volunteer, to service those polls; all of those things are important and I am definitely encouraged by that effort.”

The Saints currently sit atop the NFL South standings and Jenkins continues to play at a high level. However, the shelf life for a 32-year-old NFL defensive back is fleeting.

The next phase of life may not include a uniform, cleats and a helmet, but if all goes as planned, it will continue to include activism.

“I feel like my voice in this space is important and (I) will continue to do that in a way that is unique to me,” said Jenkins.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Malcolm Jenkins wants more from NFL: 'Tokenism really doesn’t mean that much'

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